May 28, 2015

U.S. state abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote ...

May 26, 2015

Saudi beheads 88th person, exceeding last year's total

The number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year overtook the total for all of 2014 on Tuesday, despite activists’ concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. According to AFP tallies, the executions of two Saudis for drug trafficking and a third for ...

May 25, 2015

China executes patient who killed doctor over botched nose job

China on Monday executed a man who stabbed a doctor to death over what he considered a botched nose operation, media reported, in a case that spotlights the country’s overburdened health system. Lian Enqing was sentenced to death last year for a fatal attack ...

May 20, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted ...

Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence seen more as symbolic  judgment

May 16, 2015

Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence seen more as symbolic judgment

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death Friday. But his execution may not happen for decades — if ever. A lengthy appellate process, an effective moratorium on federal executions and declining support among Americans for capital punishment all suggest that Tsarnaev’s death ...

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

| May 16, 2015

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

AFP-JIJI Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death on Friday, appeared to be on course for a normal American life before he launched his attack on crowds watching a marathon. Calling himself Jahar, he appeared to be an undisciplined but well-adjusted university ...

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...